The Arizona Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they placed veteran linebacker Joey Porter on the injured reserve list and promoted linebacker Brandon Williams from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. Porter has battled this season with a knee injury that required surgery although recently it appeared as if he was recovering from that injury and could be game ready.
While it's not clear if Porter suffered a set back, the decision could indicate an end to the career of the 13-year pro according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.
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There’s a good chance the 13-year pro, a free-agent-to-be, also has played his last down in the NFL as he deals with the chronic knee issues. Porter came into the season needing three sacks to reach 100 for his career. He notched just one before he played for a final time this season against the Steelers the sixth game of the season; the knee sidelined him since.
Williams has been with the practice squad since November 22. He played six games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and was drafted by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season due to a knee injury and was cut by Dallas before this season. Williams will wear jersey No. 59.
The Cardinals re-signed running back William Powell to take Williams' place on the practice squad. Powell was with the Cardinals in Training camp and carried the ball 35 times for 86 yards in the preseason. He was an undrafted rookie free agent our ot Kansas State.